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BPC125: Microcomputer Setup and Maintenance



Instructor: Les Reynolds




Class Web site URL:



Course Catalog Description:



3185   1/21 to 2/13 (T&TH) 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM

3191   2/18 to 3/13 (T&TH) 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM

8188   1/27 to 2/24 (M) 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

8187   3/3 to 3/31 (M) 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

8185   4/7 to 4/28 (M) 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM


All provisions in this syllabus are subject to revision by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to note changes announced in class or noted on class website.


Required Text:

PC Upgrade and Repair Simplified, 2nd Edition; Hungry Minds, Inc., 2001.  ISBN: 0-7645-3560-9

Other Materials:

2 1.44MB High Density diskettes with labels

#2 pencils for exam


How to install and maintain a microcomputer (personal computer). Steps used to set up a new or add options to a previously installed microcomputer. Installation of internal options (memory, graphics, modems, etc.), as well as external options and devices (printers, monitors, communications, etc.). Troubleshoot (identify and repair or have repaired) microcomputer problems.


CIS105, or BPC/CIS121AB, or BPC/CIS121AC, or BPC/CIS121AE, or BPC/CIS121AF, or BPC110, or permission of instructor.




There will be no classes on February 17 (President’s Day) or March 17-23 (Spring Break).




Cellular Phones and Pagers: If you carry a portable communications device, please set the device on silent mode as to not disturb the class. If you receive a call, please defer the call until break or leave the class during your call.  Be courteous of your classmates.


Workload: Do the reading and homework and hand it in on time!  You should plan for approximately 3-6 hours per week of outside study in order to get full benefit from the course.  Homework will not be accepted if it’s late and final grade will reflect accordingly.


Attendance: Attendance is a component of your final grade.  This is only a four-week course.  One unexcused absence will result in a reduction of one grade.  Two unexcused absences will result either in an incomplete grade or automatic withdrawal (see the following).


Withdrawal: Students electing to withdraw from the class must do so according to the policies of the college. You will be subject to withdrawal if you miss the first two classes or you have a large number of unexcused absences. It is your responsibility to complete the proper paperwork if you intend to drop this class. Failure to do so will result in an "F" for the course.


Food in classroom: It is the policy of Paradise Valley Community College to not allow food or drinks in any classroom. Do not bring food or drinks into the classroom. If you do, you will be asked to leave.


Class behavior: Do not interrupt me or other students.  Do not talk while I am talking, because you or one of your classmates might miss something important.  If you want to socialize during class, take it out of the classroom.  Your grade will reflect on your behavior.





·        Assignments can be e-mailed.  Please place the following as the subject of your e-mail: BPC125 (DO NOT INSERT SPACES). Please send assignments to (Please note that there is an underline character between les_reynolds.  It doesn’t show because of the hyperlink underline.)  Please use Microsoft Word, the Word Pad or Note Pad application in Windows to write your answers and then attach them to your email, or just type the answers in the body of your email.


·        Assignments (chapter and labs) will be given to reinforce material covered in class. Because this is a four-week course, the last assignment must be submitted no later than 3 days after the last day of the class.  It can be sent to me via e-mail (preferred) or it will have to be turned in at the “J” Building to the secretarial staff to be forwarded to me.


·        Assignments not turned in within two weeks will NOT be accepted.  Under no circumstances will assignments be accepted after the final regular class due date.


·        A note about answering questions. Questions are designed to demonstrate your understanding of the material.  I am looking for understanding of concepts. Keep your answers to the point. When a question states "Explain", please give an adequate enough explanation to demonstrate you understand the material. Labs may require printouts or ask questions. These should be included in the assignment. Be sure your name, assignment number, and course number appear on all handed in materials.


Authorship of Work

Work submitted to the instructor is to be the student's original work. No group work will be accepted unless specifically directed by the instructor. If you quote work from any source, you must identify and recognize the source. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in a failure of the assignment.



Grading Algorithm:


Final grades will be based on the following schedule:



Percentage Range


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


< 60%


There will a final exam, one lab assignment paper, and chapter review questions to answer.  The grading is as follows:


The Final Exam is worth 40 points, the Chapter Review questions are worth 10 points each (total 40 points), and the lab paper is worth 20 points of your total grade.


NOTE:  By accepting this syllabus, you understand the grading, assignment, and attendance policies I have for this class.  This syllabus is subject to change, but I will announce the change in advance.  You also agree to follow the section on campus computer technology (p. C-27) located in the Student Rights and Responsibilities in the student handbook.


The Last Word: I realize that many of us have extremely busy schedules. If you are going to be late or need to leave early for whatever reason, please let me know. Class will start promptly at 11:30 AM or 6:30 PM (depending on your section). When breaks are announced, please return from break on time. Breaks are tentatively scheduled for 15 minutes.  When I give a break, please take the time to stretch your legs or get a drink of water.  Lecture / lab will start promptly after the break.